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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Load Them Into K12 Classrooms

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: Terrace Ballroom IV, Level 4 (near Posters)

Hall Davidson  
From “Where’s Waldo” to medicine, AI is everywhere. Learn what AI and ML mean. Free/low cost assets from Google, Amazon and others help explain how they work. Alexa (Amazon) templates makes AI coding easy and publishable. See how teachers integrate AI today to prepare students for their future world!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None beyond usual browser
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Emergent technologies
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objectives are for participants to leave with 1) experience with artificial intelligence in a curriculum-centered environment 2) understand the future impact and presence of artificial intelligence in working professions and in daily life 3) gain models and lessons for using artificial intelligence in the classroom 4) to be familiar with the grant structure possible for the (modest) funds needed to fund AI for the typical classroom. Siri (Apple), Alexa (Amazon), Google Assistant, Cortana (Microsoft) will be modeled in ways to use in a classroom, including sound amplification, account set-up (free), and placement. Watson (IBM) will be shown through interviews and online demonstrations. Success in the use of AI for automobiles, medicine, security, and other professions will be covered. Also, markers for success in classrooms, especially emphasizing use for curriculum and projects. Also, strategies for teaching independence from AI (DYI activities)--something that will become more important. The work being doing in districts in Maryland and California will be shown. Some of these programs began in the previous summer. Success will be evidenced by familiarity with web-based and machine-based learning, as determined by an exit Kahoot.


1. Overview of what Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are, how is used now, and what the near future will look like. Siri, Alexa, Amazon, Google HC, et al (10 minutes). A definition of AI and ML (3 minutes) 2. Demonstration of sites usable to teach machine learning and artificial intelligene to students (Google, IBM, Facebook examples). This will be an interactive audience participation segment (10-12 minutes). 3. How to set up hardware in classrooms (10 minutes). Demonstration with participants 4. Strategies shared for classroom use from K-12 districts now offering programs from coding to problem solving. Also how to integrate AI into traditional classroom activities and assignments. Including how to turn off AI and fend without it. (15 minutes) 5. Reading list given (non-fiction and fiction) for follow-up and familiarity (5 min) 6. Quick overview of the 'dark side' of AI in press. (5 min) Example release forms for FRPA and COPPA 7. Q&A with time remaining.

Supporting research

"Artificial Intelligence Leaps into K-12 Education"Harish Agrawal, Magic Box, Jan 18, 2018; ISTE publication Empower Learner (7/17) - (Presenter is referenced). "When AI Comes to School"; AI Is on the Upswing in Optimizing K–12 Education (Edweek 10/2/17)
Educators are already using artificial intelligence in small ways with grading and reading programs.Also: "The roles of models in Artificial Intelligence and Education research: Bringing computational thinking to K-12: what is Involved and what is the role of the computer science education community? "(2011), Inroads, v2, i1 "Prospective view", Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Education, 2000, 11, pp.122-143. "Web Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Education" Vladan Devedžić Journal of Educational Technology & Society
"Machine learning in Science" : "Siri, is this you?": Understanding young children's interactions with voice input systems, Silvia Lovato, Anne Marie Piper Northwestern University, Evanston IL Terrifyingly Convenient, Will Oremus; Here's Why You Should Stop Swearing at Siri Right Now by Barb Darrow 9/29/16, Journal of Human Sciences, On the track of Artificial Intelligence: Learning with Intelligent Personal Assistants' Nil Goksel Canbek, Anadolu University,Turkey Ph.D.c, School of Foreign Languages, Anadolu University Mehmet Emin Mutlu, Anadolu University, Turkey "Five Top Tech Companies Form Group to Foster Good AI" USA Today. 9/29/16

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